Salt (Falling in Deep #1) by Pauline Creeden
Author: Pauline Creeden
Published: August 8, 2017
Genre: Fantasy/ YA
Review: ebook provided by the author
Her kind treats her as less-than-human, but she’s always been so much more.
Mermaid life has never been easy for Verona. Her scars give evidence of her abuse. When her day of reckoning arrives, she is determined to endure exile. According to her father’s experience, exile is better than becoming a land-walker and risking her life among the humans.
However, when she saves the life of a drowning human boy, she inadvertently sets off a chain of events which force her to choose a path: stay with the humans she has become attached to or returns home to a life of scorn. A savage hunter draws closer, threatening even the humans. Her only hope is to keep everyone safe until the next full moon, but those around her devise their own plans.
I received this book to give an honest review.
I never thought I would like a mermaid story so much, the last mermaid story I fell in love with was a book by my favorite author. Being a mermaid is not all glamour like everyone would like for you to think. Verona is what you would call a bottom feeder which is just a social standing within the mermaid world. Her reckoning was a bit heartbreaking because I didn't realize it would be that harsh. Verona slowly sees how people live on land while trying to stay in exile away from her people. Though they don't make it easy. Then we are introduced to Logan who is just a normal kid who has moved back to his grandmother's hometown. When Logan is saved from drowning and Verona is found with him Verona will have a choice to make, either stay human or go back to being a mermaid. It is a hard decision for her as she gets to see how the human world really is, and it is way different than what is on the shows she would watch. Verona is totally innocent while on land and we see how it bothers Logan so much yet it slowly starts to make him enjoy being in her presence.
As the moon cycle gets closer Verona will learn that there is a reason she should stay on the island because she is being hunted by something that wants a mermaid's blood, and she has to come to a decision.
Pauline Creeden is an award-winning author, horse trainer, and overall book ninja. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.
Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been a #1 Bestseller in Christian Fantasy and been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Gold Award for First Place YA Horror Novel.